Resurrection Unlikely for Sacked Australian Cricketers, by David Follett.
Smith’s instant mea culpa was straight out of the modern PR book on crisis management. Quickly ‘fess up, look as astounded by your own bad behaviour as you can get away with, promise to do better in future and trust that all will be forgiven (or more importantly, forgotten) within the next news cycle or two. …
But things are different this time around. Thanks to the enhanced intolerance of our neo-puritanical age – epitomised by the hypocritical and hysterical rage of the #MeToo Hollywood crowd in their sinister, figure-hugging, low-cut black dresses – forgiveness for transgressions is getting harder to come by. No chat show couch would these days be capable of offering redemption to the likes of Harvey Weinstein (still no charges pressed), Kevin Spacey (ditto) and other such sinners of the flesh.
Yet in place of old-fashioned Christian morality, we now have a vile and dangerous faux-morality that, as Christopher Akehurst writes in this issue, worships at the altar of neo-Marxism; the very antithesis of our Judaeo-Christian Western heritage of enlightenment and, more importantly, the presumption of innocence.
It is increasingly clear that this new code of morality offers ‘forgiveness’ based entirely on who you are and who you have offended, i.e. which tribe you belong to in the ‘identity politics’ game, and which ‘progressive’ sin you have committed.
For example, in this new, hyper-judgmental era, there is no condemnation whatsoever of the murderous homophobia or misogyny that is rampant within, say, Islam. Indeed, as Daisy Cousens points out, authorities in Britain overlooked the gross abuses of white girls by Pakistani men for fear of appearing ‘racist’. Yet there, as here, the harshest condemnation – and social and professional ostracism – is meted out should a straight, white, Anglo-Saxon male dare question the morality of, say, teaching homosexuality to kids or – horror! – suggest a child should have both a mother and a father.
The cricketers are in the wrong identity group, though the Australian left is rather fond of cricket.
hat-tip Stephen Neil